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Race in Probation: Achieving better outcomes for black and minority ethnic users of probation services

In a changing equality landscape where race is put at the bottom of policy and funding agendas, this timely book asks how service outcomes can be improved for black and minority ethnic users of probation services. London was the locus of investigation and the London Probation Trust the nexus of the book’s research. Issues around community engagement, restorative justice, mental health, substance abuse, foreign nationals, victims and resettlement are analysed, and recommendations are posited. The book identifies new paths to race equality that seize the international and national momentum of institutional and policy restructures. Its findings are not only relevant to anyone working within the field of criminal justice, but also to those fighting for race equality.

Waves of Healing: Using Restorative Justice with Street Group Violence

The book uses the case study method to investigate examples in India, Greece, Canada and England, where restorative justice is considered within the context of street group violence. Key issues are identified and recommendations are posited, as new politices, practices and research are being proposed in this grey area of restorative justice.


Gavrielides, T (2007) 'Restorative Justice Theory and Practice: Addressing the Discrepancy', London: IARS, ISBN 978-952-5333-32-9 (paperback).

Restorative Justice Theory and Practice

This book investigates and discusses the disparity between the theory behind and practice of Restorative Justice through a review of relevant literature and the analysis of the findings of four, in-depth surveys with practitioners and policy makers.

Gavrielides, T (ed.) (2012) 'Rights and Restoration within Youth Justice', Whitby: de Sitter, ISBN 978-1-897160-62-6 (paperback).

Rights & Restoration within Youth Justice unites the principles and practices of human rights and restorative justice. Leading international experts challenge current thinking on evidence-based youth justice policy. Through international case studies, a framework emerges for connecting human rights and restorative justice approaches to criminal justice policy and practice.

This book is written by leading scholars in the field of restorative justice, human rights, youth justice and policy and criminal justice. The project is carried out under the auspices of IARS.

Lyon, B., Matczak, A. & Gavrielides, T (2012) 'Restorative Justice in the United Kingdom', London: IARS, ISBN 978-1-907641-14-5 (e-book).

This online publication presents an up-to-date account of restorative justice in the UK. The book is a good tool for any undergraduate studying restorative justice as well as postgraduate courses.

The e-book explores and discusses the current provisions, legislation and practice of RJ in the United Kingdom. Comparisons between England, Northern Ireland and Scotland are drawn, and constrasts between youth and adult practice are highlighted. The struggles with the traditional criminal justice system and RJ's place in it are also considered.

After a descriptive account of restorative justice, the book proceeds with a critical analysis. It presents current threats and opportunities for the development of restorative justice as well as a list of key practitioners and policy initatives.

Gavrielides, T (2011) 'Restorative Justice and the Secure Estate: Alternatives for Young People in Custody', London: IARS, ISBN 978-1-907641-08-4 (paperback).

This report focuses on the use of restorative justice with young people in custody in the UK, and aims to achieve three objectives. Firstly, to provide and up-to-date descriptive account of restorative practices within the secure estate. This account looks at issues of classification, definition and understanding. Secondly, to prevent a critical overview of existing restorative practices with the objective of establishing the extent to which they influence the regimes and programmes of the secure estate.